WALLA WALLA, WA – Blue Ridge Elementary School is taking immediate measures — including running heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems most of the day and notifying families — after an independent test found levels of radon as much as four times the acceptable amount recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to the Union-Bulletin.
According to the story, the tests, performed by Fulcrum Environmental Consulting, showed elevated levels occurred during evening and weekends when the school''s HVAC system was not operational.
Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Rich Carter said: "The safety of our staff and students is our number one priority. We will do whatever it takes to develop a permanent solution to ensure radon levels are mitigated."
District officials are planning to perform a second round of tests to gain more data and test other facilities in the district as a precaution, the story stated.
The district is meeting with air quality professionals to develop a more permanent long-term plan, the story added.